Stephanie J. Rickard — 2019 APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award Recipient

The American Political Science Association (APSA) will present the APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award to Stephanie Rickard at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the world’s largest gathering of political scientists and source for emerging scholarship in the discipline.  The $750 award recognizes the author of a first book in any field of political science showing promise of having a substantive impact on the overall discipline.

Stephanie Rickard is a Professor at the London School of Economics.  Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of comparative and international political economy, and she has studied trade agreements, foreign economic policies, and international financial rescues.  Much of her recent research focuses on economic geography.

Dr. Rickard is currently investigating how plant closures to move abroad, often referred to as offshoring, influence national and regional elections.

She comments on events in the global economy for various media outlets including the BBC and Bloomberg.  Additionally, she also serves on the editorial board of several academic journals, including International Organization, and has served on the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society and the Governing Council of the International Studies Association.

Here is what the Award Committee had to say about their decision:

The Award Committee was unanimous in its decision to award the Theodore J. Lowi ‘First Book Award’ for 2019 to Stephanie J. Rickard.  Dr. Rickard  is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and her BA at the University of Rochester.  Her work has appeared in International Organization, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. She is on the editorial board of International Organization.

Her first book, Spending to Win: Political Institutions, Economic Geography, and Government Subsidies (2018, Cambridge University Press) investigates why governments selectively target economic benefits, like subsidies, to businesses.  It is meticulously researched, empirically rich and theoretically innovative.  Drawing on interviews with government ministers and civil servants, and a host of primary sources, Spending to Win argues convincingly that economic policy results from a combination of electoral institutions and economic geography.